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Should Theresa May Resign?
As a matter of unwritten British political tradition, Prime Ministers should resign after
large defeats in the House of Commons
. Theresa May's failure to uphold this norm could be damaging for British politics in the long term.
Unwritten democratic norms are important for the functioning of the British government, especially since its constitution is
. May may have normalised holding onto power for future Prime Ministers, even when the achievement of their policy goals is clearly impossible.
Theresa May has suffered an unprecedented string of large defeats.
The Brexit negotiations are an exceptional circumstance and are generally regarded as such by the British public. Theresa May's failure to resign will therefore not establish a lasting norm.
The norm of Prime Ministers resigning when they faced political defeat is
based on outdated notions of honour
which have no place in modern British politics.
Theresa May has
pledged to stand down
if her Brexit deal is passed, seemingly in a last-ditch effort to break the Brexit deadlock and
get her deal passed